Carolina Herrera Stretch Silk Dress

I scored big time finding this beautiful Carolina Herrera Leopard Printed Stretch Silk Twill  from Mood Fabrics. 
IMG_0001I ordered the fabric with a wrap dress in mind, but after the fabric arrived I came across a photograph of the Carolina Herrera original and decided to follow the style of the designer with a close fitting dress.

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I reached for a favorite pattern I have made twice before. Vogue 9047 (now out of print but available on Etsy and other online sources).


While the ‘original’ dress is a sheath, my dress features an empire waist giving me more control with the fitting through the bodice.

IMG_0010The fabric is impeccably thin, lightweight and slightly translucent, and the C Herrera dress is fully lined. It also features a back zipper.

A zipper was unnecessary with this pattern and I’m glad I did not disrupt the design of the fabric.


However, I underlined the bodice of the dress with a very lightweight tricot lining. Below is a photo of the tricot basted to the bodice pieces.IMG_5264

What I’m loving about the fabric is the clever placement of the light and dark patterns. They are designed to fall symmetrically around the garment. I chose the same placement as the ‘original’ but assume the darker area could be placed front and center.IMG_0005

Because I ordered for a wrap dress I have a little leftover and hope to squeeze a top out of the remaining fabric. While I enjoy being creative with fabrics, I decided Carolina knows best on this one, and there was no reason to reinvent the wheel.

Just another dress? No way! One never forgets her first Carolina Herrera 😉


Many thanks to Mood Fabrics for stocking this phenomenal fabric!



  • Peter
    April 25, 2017

    Gorgeous dress, Sarah. Beautiful use of that silk print!

  • Jan
    April 25, 2017

    I love your dress and the placement of the light & dark. Looks wonderful on you.

  • Lori
    April 25, 2017

    Very beautiful.

  • Karen
    April 27, 2017

    Beautiful dress! I’m enjoying sewing tunics from your book!

  • Melissa Reilly
    April 30, 2017

    Yet another beautiful dress. You look great in everything (unfair!), and love that you make such classic and classy clothing. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Jill
    May 5, 2017


  • Mary
    May 10, 2017

    I love the placement of the dark/light and the construction is superb.